CAIRO, December 28, 2013 ― Egypt’s dream of establishing a constitutional state where law, citizenship, minorities’ rights and dignity prevail is threatened by a series of bombings which took place last week.
On Tuesday, December 24, two deadly explosions rocked Egypt. One bomb targetted the Dakahlia government building in El Mansoura, killing 15 and leaving more than 100 injured. A second bomb damaged the city council, a bank, and a theatre.
The Ministry of the Interior immediately launched an investigation. Interim Prime minister Hazem El Beblawy said, “Terrorism has a social, political, ethical and legal aspect.” The following day, the interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
On Thursday, in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo, five people were injured when a bus hit a roadside bomb. A second bomb was defused by an explosives ordnance team.
The same day, authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators under the new anti-terrorism law. They were accused of passing out leaflets in support of the Brotherhood and inciting violence against the Egyptian security.
There are approximately 500,000 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Although there so far is no evidence that the Brotherhood was behind the bombings, the government blames the violence on extremist jihadist groups that support the Brotherhood. This has led to increased pressure on the group.
Some political analsysts posit that the bombings are an effort to prevent the vote on the new constitution scheduled for next month.
Egypt is in turmoil. The interim government is cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, and there is conflict between the entrenched interests and the revolutionaries seeking a better future.
In such a divided Egypt, it seems there is no hope of integrating even the moderate elements of the Brotherhood into society.
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